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Highlights from High Point Market: A Look at the Design Trends to Come in 2022

We’ve just returned from the always-inspiring High Point Market, a must-see event for the latest in home design and decor trends, and just had to share with you. This year, we toured the market with North Vancouver-based interior designer Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating, which made it even better. Every Spring, High Point is a highlight for us, so we couldn’t wait to share this recap of the latest furniture and home design trends you’ll want to emulate this Spring.

If you’re considering a full-scale spring refresh or simply looking to update one or two areas of your home, the following Spring design trends inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you! Note: You’ll definitely be seeing these trends reflected in our Vancouver showroom throughout the spring and summer seasons. 

Contrast is Making a Comeback

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Everywhere we looked at High Point Market, we noticed an immense display of black and white, and black paired with neutrals. Even before the Market, we started to pick up on this trend, but it was definitely confirmed this Market season. 

Pops of black against a more neutral setting are a trend we are definitely loving, as seen in the image above from High Point. Bernhardt Furniture - one of our favourite North American furniture makers - perfectly pairs their curvy white Merritt Sofas with their chic black Wyatt Chairs creating just the right amount of contrast. And, black is back in a big way across the board- making an appearance on everything from lighting to table and chair legs to dining tables, textiles, and much more! 


Neutrals Are Definitely Still ‘In’

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For a while there, it seemed like all anybody wanted was a white, cream or neutral aesthetic. While colours are making their way back on the scene, a neutral palette will always be a timeless classic.

At this year’s Market, we found there to be a great mix of neutral and cream backgrounds (sofas especially!) that were accented with pops of caramel and blush accents. Whether in the form of a throw pillow or blanket, investing in a quality, neutral-coloured base piece (like a sofa or bed frame) easily allows you to switch out your home accessories to keep up with the current trending colour themes and patterns.


Curves for a Modern and Sleek Vibe

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Curves were a big theme at this year’s Market! In upholstery (think sofas and armchairs) as well as everything from console tables to dining tables, curves are quickly becoming a go-to design addition to any room-like the Bernhardt Aline Swivel Chairs pictured here.

One of our big sellers this season has been the sleek and curvy Giselle Chair by MG+BW Home and it’s easy to see why! With a durable, eco-friendly hardwood frame and high density, high resiliency cushioning in the form of a curved back, it perfectly captures the trend of the season!


Natural Textures and Layers Provide a Unique Focal Point

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There is nothing we love more than natural materials and textures when it comes to furniture - and we were pleased to see lots of it at this year’s Market! 

In fact, without a doubt one of the new pieces we’re most excited to bring in are the gorgeous Dinec Piper dining chairs pictured above. With a sturdy but modern frame that highlights the natural wood grain and high-performance fabric for comfort and durability, these gorgeous dining chairs are also made and designed in Canada, making it our go-to choice this season. Contact us today to pre-order your chairs (available in your choice of fabric and wood finish!)


Elevated Outdoor Furniture for Luxurious Patio Living

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As we enter patio season, we couldn’t help but notice the shift to elevated outdoor furniture. Gone are the days when a collapsible Tommy Bahama beach chair was a go-to outdoor furniture staple! With all the extra time we’ve all been spending at home over the past couple years, it only makes sense that our outdoor furniture should be just as luxurious as our indoor furniture. 


This season, we’ll be carrying a wide selection of high-end furniture to help you uplevel your outdoor dining and outdoor living needs. Some of our current favourites include our Pietra Collection by Sunset West (just check out the Pietra Sofa!) and our Origami Chair by Bernhardt (pictured above). 


Need more furniture inspiration or ideas for how to update your home for spring? Visit our showroom Monday to Saturday from 10-5:30 and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling inspired to refresh your home for a new season! 


Whether you are looking to do a full home renovation, a one-room refresh or updating your patio furniture and decor, let our team of design experts help you find the perfect piece(s) for your home. Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture and Pinterest @OnceATree for more design inspiration, or reach out today to see how we can help you get started on your next home design project!

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10 Spring Furniture Trends We Love

Spring is finally here! One of our favourite seasons for so many reasons - one of them being the new spring furniture trends it brings. New collections, brighter colours, longer days, and okay maybe still a *little bit* more rain than we’d like on the west coast, but there’s no denying the extra pep in our step as we look to freshen things up around the home for spring. 

In our showroom, we are excited to be debuting the following collection of spring furniture from our favourite suppliers. From sleek curves to gorgeous new fabrics and colourways to natural textures, materials and more, our spring furniture collection is now on display in our showroom - and we guarantee it will inspire you! Whether you are redesigning one room in your home, looking to get started on a custom furniture creation or planning a complete home renovation, our passionate team of design and furniture experts will help you pick the perfect piece(s) to bring your furniture dreams to life. 

Voila, here are the Spring furniture trends we’re excited about, brought to life by the following 10 new pieces. Bonus: Until this Sunday, March 13th, all pieces from our Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Collection are 20% off during our Special Order Event!

Celebrate Form and Function This Season

Luna chair - Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Featuring soft curves and customizable fabric options, the Luna Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a statement piece that represents this spring’s trend towards celebrating form and function. The Italian-inspired sculptural design of this deceivingly comfy accent chair is a piece of art that you can truly relax in.

Pictured here in performance velvet fabric (colour is “Sepia”), this stunningly unique statement chair is available in your choice of fabric or leather so you can pick and choose a chair that will suit your space perfectly. Best of all, as the only MG+BW Home retailer in Western Canada, you can also enjoy 20% off if you purchase it during our MG+BW Special Order Event, on now until March 13th!

Choose Elevated Furniture for Inside or Outside

Melrose chair-Palecek

[photo credit: @palecekdesign / Instagram]

Nothing says ‘spring’ quite like the Melrose Lounge Chair by Palecek Design! Featuring a high-quality, hardwood frame and legs and hand-twisted natural jute rope woven on the frame, back and sides, this accent chair adds a touch of airy sophistication to any room - or patio, if you’re like us and looking forward to a long season of outdoor living. 

Any way you style it, we think the Melrose Lounge Chair is a trend-setter in the best possible way!

Classic Silhouettes Never Go Out of Style

Abbey Sofa-Lee Industries

Meet the Abbey Sofa by Lee Industries! Featuring an eco-friendly hardwood frame and eco-friendly, high density and high resiliency cushioning, this luxurious sofa is everything you never knew you needed. Take your living room to new heights with the Abbey Sofa which offers a classic silhouette that adds a timeless elegance to any living room design. 

Available in a wide selection of fabrics and leg finishes, if you dream it, we can help you achieve it. And by ‘it’, we mean the design aesthetic you’re going for! If you’re in the market for a new sofa, you can’t go wrong with the ‘Abbey’. 

Incorporate Natural Textures and Elements into Your Home for Spring

Tremont Cocktail Table-Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams

The Tremont Coffee Table by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a staff favourite this season for sure! Featuring a natural, reclaimed teak root base, this sturdy living room table boasts a one-of-a-kind design that’s sure to be the focal point of any living space. Clean, modern and truly unique, this stylish coffee table is a luxurious piece that adds a touch of the west coast to your home. And, we guarantee it’ll be a piece you’ll love for many years to come.

Plus, don’t forget: you can enjoy 20% off this piece until March 13th only!

Don’t Sacrifice Style for Comfort When it Comes to Lounge Furniture

Clayton Chair - Palecek

[photo credit: @palecekdesign / Instagram]

Modern, stylish perfection is what we think of when it comes to the Clayton Lounge Chair by Palecek Design. This accent chair is an ideal set-up for reading your favourite book on a sunny spring morning, or cozying up in with a cup of tea before bed. 

Featuring a sturdy hardwood frame, this lounge chair comes in a gorgeous, coffee brown finish accented with hand-twisted all-weather synthetic abaca in a cream, two-tone finish for just the right amount of contrast! 

Versatile Furniture Allows You to Switch Things Up

Pratt Chair-Palecek

[photo credit: @palecekdesign / Instagram]

Palecek Design comes up a few times on our list of must-have pieces for spring, and there’s no question why. The Pratt Chair by Palecek is a modern and stylish addition to any room, with its hardwood frame and legs in a dark espresso finish and natural jute rope sides and back (and so on-trend)! 

Whether these chairs are styled in a living room as accent chairs or around a custom dining table for gatherings with loved ones, these versatile chairs are easy to move around while adding a sophisticated touch for any occasion. 

Timeless Pieces Are Worth the Investment

Grayson Sectional-Lee Industries

When it comes to picking a sectional for your home, the Grayson Sectional by Lee Industries checks all the boxes. Take family movie night to the next level with this timeless sectional! Modern, yet comfortable, this classic, oversized sectional is available in a wide range of fabrics and leg finishes to suit any design aesthetic.  

Made from eco-friendly hardwood and high density, high resiliency cushioning, this luxurious sectional is truly built to last!

Neutrals Are Always ‘In’

Colette Sofa-Bernhardt

[photo credit: Bernhardt Furniture]

Modern meets comfort with the Colette Sofa by Bernhardt Furniture! Luxe feather down cushioning takes center stage when it comes to this stylish sofa. Available in a wide variety of fabrics and finishes (we personally love it in this neutral fabric that goes with anything!), this sofa can easily be customized to match any living room aesthetic. Modern living never looked *or felt* better!

Soften Your Living Room With Modern Curves

Giselle Chair-Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams

[photo credit: MG+BW Home]

An accent chair that doubles as a conversation piece? Yes please! The modern curves of our Giselle Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are undeniably elegant - and the best part is it comes in your choice of fabric or leather! Customize this gorgeous chair to suit your design aesthetic and enjoy this artisan-crafted statement chair that pays the utmost attention to detail. Did we mention its comfort level is a 10/10?!


Don’t Be Afraid to Be Eclectic

Oscar Chair-Lee Industries

We couldn’t wrap up this list without including the Oscar Chair by Lee Industries! Eclectic, modern and truly eye-catching, the Oscar Chair is a statement piece like no other. If you are looking for a can’t miss piece to add to your office or living space, this is it! Featuring a hammered metal frame and eco friendly, high density, high resiliency cushioning, this accent chair definitely will not go unnoticed.

Pick from your choice of natural or black leather for the seat and back, and enjoy this unique chair for many years to come! 

Our new spring collection is available in our showroom now! Visit us at 750 SW Marine Drive Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and let us help you bring your home dreams to life. Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration, or reach out today to see how we can help you get started on your next home design project!

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5 Reasons to Choose Custom Furniture for Your Home

Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture that didn’t quite fit the space it was intended for? At Once A Tree Furniture, one of our unique offerings is creating custom furniture for our clients. Not only does a custom-made piece of furniture allow you to really express your personal style and aesthetic, but it can also be designed and sized to fit perfectly in a space that some pre-made furniture pieces simply cannot.

In fact, our custom furniture pieces are often a go-to for the many top vancouver designers we work with, because of the versatility, quality and one-of-a-kind aesthetic achieved. Whether you are planning a full-scale renovation or a one room refresh, a custom furniture piece might be just the thing that takes your interior design goals to the next level. As designer Amanda Evans would say, “Why settle for standard?” 

So, stop dreaming of your custom piece and head over to our made-in-Canada STUDIO Collection, which is a great jumping-off point for designing your own custom piece. Each piece in this collection can easily be customized to your choice of size, wood and finish, to get the look you want. 

Without further ado, here are five reasons to consider investing in custom furniture rather than buying from the showroom. 

Custom furniture guarantees you get the look you really want for your home

[Photo credit: Tracey Ayton]

If you have a space in your home that requires a custom-sized piece of furniture or you have a specific design aesthetic in mind that you can’t quite find pre-made, a custom furniture piece will guarantee that your vision comes to life.

Whether it’s a custom sofa, dining table or bed frame, our process guarantees you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind piece that perfectly fits your space and aesthetic. For example, check out the seamless fit of our custom Garrett Dining Table in this modern and minimalist home renovation designed by Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating.

Custom furniture is not as expensive as you may think

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There is a common misconception that custom furniture pieces are completely unaffordable and inaccessible. This isn’t always the case. At Once A Tree, we have some of the most talented craftspeople and furniture makers on our team who source premium quality materials and have the expertise to avoid costly mistakes and overpriced materials or labour. This means our prices are quite reasonable, and comparable with showroom prices. 

And when you get a custom furniture creation that you’ll have for life, our clients find it’s well-worth the investment. Plus, with so many of us still working from home, a well-made office desk might even help increase your productivity. One of our favourite office renovations to date - featuring our custom Madison Desk - is found in this modern farmhouse renovation here!

When you buy custom furniture, you’re buying local + sustainable furniture

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All of our custom furniture pieces are designed and made in Canada, often right here in Vancouver, by some of the most talented local craftspeople and furniture makers in the business. Our talented team of furniture makers provides an unparalleled level of expertise to your custom design ensuring a stunning, heirloom-quality result that can be enjoyed for generations. 

Plus, with so much of our custom furniture being made locally,  buying custom is a very sustainable way to shop for furniture. 

Custom furniture offers a quick(er) turn-around time

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It’s no secret that the furniture industry has experienced the same supply chain delays as countless other industries over the last couple of years. With people spending more time at home than ever before, furniture has been in high demand to say the least, and that means there’s a lot of popular choices that simply aren’t available or on a backorder. 

If you are hoping to get your hands on a new piece of furniture sooner than later, choosing custom furniture may get you what you want, faster. Currently, we are able to turnaround a custom furniture piece in just 8-10 weeks! You can start your custom furniture inquiry here. 

We make the custom furniture process very enjoyable

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At Once A Tree, we take pride in our full-service customer experience. Your vision is our commitment, and we have a passionate team that’s available to help you bring your furniture dreams to life from start to finish. From the initial vision and inspiration to the design process to the delivery and furniture installation, we’ll ensure the process is seamless and your interior design and decorating goals are fulfilled. 

Truth: When it comes to furniture, one size does not fit all and that’s when it makes sense to consider going the custom route. If you’ve got a custom idea or project, we’d love to bring it to life. Start your custom furniture inquiry here! 

Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration, or reach out today to see how we can help you get started on your next home design project!

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Interior Designers to Watch in 2022: 10 Talented Designers to Watch for This Year

At Once A Tree Furniture, we get the opportunity to work with a wide network of talented interior designers and decorators here in Vancouver, and across Canada. As we gear up for another year of exciting projects, new design trends and of course, all-new, luxury furniture designs, we want to shine the spotlight on some of the design visionaries we are excited to work with, and watch, this year. 


So, whether you have plans for a new build, a complete home renovation or are simply looking to spruce up one or two rooms in your house, we’ve put together a list of 10 designer resources to consider for your next interior design project. Without further ado, here’s who we think you should be following on Instagram this year for ultimate design inspiration! 


Minimalist + Modern Interior Design


Madeleine Design Group

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Photo credit: @madeleinedesigngroup /Instagram


Whether you are in the market for interior design services to accompany a new build, a home renovation or a new look and aesthetic for 2022, Madeleine Design Group offers full service design to meet your needs. We are constantly inspired by Madeleine and her incredibly talented team and their ability to make any project look - and feel - modern and sophisticated. Clean lines, curated pieces and thoughtful finishes are just some of the things we love to see in each MDG project. Follow them on Instagram @madeleinedesigngroup for more design inspiration!


Shift Interiors 

Shift Interiors

Photo Credit: Tina Kulic via @shift_interiors / Instagram


Jamie Deck and her team are complete geniuses when it comes to design that is simple, functional and timeless. With an eye for subtle detail and modern lines that truly elevate any space, Jamie and her team know how to bring a level of timeless sophistication to any project. We are particularly inspired by how they incorporate natural elements into almost any design. Follow Shift Interiors on Instagram @shift_interiors!



Kalu Interiors 

Kalu Interiors

Photo credit: Janis Nicolay via @kaluinteriors /Instagram

 

There’s no denying that partners Phyllis Lui and Aleem Kassam infuse personality and passion into any design project they work on. Known for bringing thoughtfully curated design elements and details to the table, we are inspired by Phyllis’s and Aleem’s knack for designing something with ‘wow-factor’ that is also truly unique to each individual client. Few designers know how to tap into a client’s personal style the way Kalu Interiors does! Follow them on Instagram @kaluinteriors.



Sophisticated + Contemporary Interior Design:


Dexter Dolores

Dexter Dolores

Photo credit: @dexdolores / Instagram


Contemporary and classic meet when it comes to interior design by Dexter Dolores - and we are all about it! Dexter’s unique eye for detail, texture and quality materials makes its way into every project of his, leaving us inspired and in love. Dexter’s penchant for pushing boundaries in interior design and his ability to infuse personality into each project he works on is truly impressive. Follow him on Instagram @dexdolores to see it for yourself! 


Pure Design Inc.

Pure Design

Photo credit: Janis Nicolay via @puredesigninc / Instagram


This list wouldn’t be complete without Pure Design Inc. Led by award-winning designer Ami McKay, PURE takes a unique, holistic approach to design in order to create an innovative space her clients will cherish for years to come. There’s no question why PURE’s work has been featured in countless design magazines over the years, and we are especially thrilled (and inspired!) by Ami’s newest retail venture, PURE Design Shoppe in Vancouver as a source for thoughtfully curated touches that make a house a home. Follow PURE Design Inc. on Instagram @puredesigninc.


Functional + Luxurious Interior Design:


Beyond Beige

Beyond Beige

Photo credit: Provoke Studios


For us, award-winning interior designer Beyond Beige has been a go-to resource for design inspiration for many years. Founder and designer Reisa Pollard brings a wealth of expertise and versatility to her designs, and her incredible ability to create unique spaces with her clients’ needs and wants in mind is truly inspirational - all while still prioritizing style and luxury. 


One of our favourite projects with Reisa and her team was a gorgeous home in the British Properties that gives off major penthouse-style vibes. See more of this stunning project here and follow @beyondbeige on Instagram for more!


Enviable Designs

Enviable Designs

Photo credit: Tracey Ayton 


Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs is known for her sophisticated and elegant touch when it comes to interior design. “Comfortable sophistication” is what she calls it, and Victoria’s effortless ability to combine luxury elements with modern, yet classic touches makes her a source of everyday inspiration for us. We love working with Victoria, and we are thrilled to be sharing more details about an upcoming, bespoke furniture collaboration with her in the coming months! 


Follow Victoria for more design inspiration @enviabledesigns and subscribe to our e-newsletter to be the first to know about Victoria’s new furniture collection when it drops!


Amanda Evans Interiors

Amanda Evans Interiors

Photo credit: Provoke Studios


Amanda Evans and her team are well-known for creating luxurious homes that meet transitional design without foregoing comfort - and there’s no question why. We love Amanda’s ability to design warm, inviting spaces that also showcase sophistication and luxury, and her eye for always picking the *exact* right piece for any space. The best part is, Amanda’s unparalleled attention to detail ensures each project is designed uniquely for her clients while also ensuring the final product is both livable, timeless and elegant. Follow AEI on Instagram for more home inspiration @amandaevansinteriors.


Modern West Coast Interior Design:


Lauren Ritz Design

Laure Ritz Design

Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography via @laurenritzdesign / Instagram


Few people capture the essence of west coast modern design the way Squamish-based designer Lauren Ritz does. Clean lines and a modern aesthetic that highlights the beauty of west coast living are just a few of the many tricks Lauren has up her sleeve. Her Instagram feed is a showcase of the natural beauty that surrounds us here on the west coast, and her ability to seamlessly incorporate it into her designs is truly inspirational. We have a feeling Lauren and her team will be a constant source of design inspo for us all year long! 


Simply Home Decorating 

Simply Home Decorating

Photo credit: Provoke Studios


As the Founder and Creative Director of North Vancouver-based Simply Home Decorating, Lori Steeves brings true west coast design influence to the next level. We love Lori’s unique approach to the creative process of interior design, which includes discovering the hidden potential in each client’s home and transforming rooms into timeless, cohesive and curated spaces that are a true reflection of the client’s personality. No two projects are the same, and we are constantly inspired by Lori’s creativity, vision and of course, west coast flair! 


Did we mention one of Lori’s recent projects was a top 5 finalist in Western Living’s 2021 Home of the Year!? Follow Lori on Instagram @simplyhomedecorating


We hope this list of interior designers are as inspiring to you as they are to us. At Once A Tree Furniture, one of our favourite things is getting to work alongside incredibly talented interior designers and we would be happy to help you get started if a home renovation or interior design project is on your ‘to-do list’ this year. Follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration, or get in touch today to see how we can help you get started on your next home design project!

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OAT’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers To Add a Touch of Luxury at Home

As the holidays quickly approach, we want to help you (and your loved ones!) uplevel life at home with some thoughtful stocking stuffers. Our curated list of luxurious home accessories make the perfect (last-minute) gift ideas - for those of us who don’t do our shopping in November! The best part is, a wide selection of our home accessories are on sale in our showroom (up to 50% off!) while supplies last. 


So, whether you’re in need of a unique home accessory to compliment a sideboard or end table, or a classy centerpiece to finish off your holiday tablescape, here are some home decor gift ideas that make an impression - plus, they are in stock, so they WILL make it in time for the holidays. Without further ado, here are 10 luxury home accessories that also make a memorable holiday gift for anybody on your list!


For the ultimate WFH life:

Linen Tray

  

Our Linen Tray is a functional, yet luxurious addition to any home office. Made of sand cast aluminum with a burlap impression and brass finish, this is a gorgeous catch-all tray for anything from keys to paperclips to whatever you want! Complete the look with our Linen Vases for a set of three, and you have the perfect gift. 

 

Laria Boxes, Set of Two

The perfect accessories for an office desk, bookshelf or sideboard! Our Laria Boxes come as a set of two and are generously sized to hold any small trinkets or items you want to keep hidden. This lacquered veneer box with a linear black and white pattern resembles petrified wood for a luxurious look and features a painted interior for a classy finish inside and out.

 

Wish Paperweight

  

Available in two colours - gold leaf and silver leaf - and four sizes, this minimalist paperweight is a decorative and functional addition to any office. Give a gift that’s as useful as it is gorgeous this holiday season to the loved one that spends their days working from home. 


For the minimalist:


Rabbit Sculpture

  

Add a touch of whimsical luxury to the home with our Rabbit Sculpture. Inspired by the 19th century cabinets of curiosities, this ceramic rabbit is a gorgeous home accent that will certainly also be a conversation piece. Available in a matte gold or matte silver finish, this beautiful sculpture will add a touch of fun to a bookshelf, end table or bedside table. 

 

Bone Boxes

  

Gift the minimalist in your life our Bone Boxes that double as decor and a place to store precious trinkets and personal items. Featuring grey and white bone that is carefully cut and applied by hand, as well as a detachable lid, this home accessory offers functionality while also acting as a stylish display piece. In other words, it’s a gift any minimalist will undoubtedly appreciate! 

 

Davenport Sculpture

  

It doesn’t get more minimalist than the Davenport Sculpture. Featuring a large snow marble disk suspended by a thin antique brass pillar to create a striking visual contrast, this sculpture will be a welcome addition to any minimalist’s home decor. Finished off with a crystal clear base, this piece is a true work of art that will fit in seamlessly with any aesthetic.

 

For the host(ess) with the mostest:

 

Accessories by Au Lit Fine Linens

  

What could be better than pure linen scented hand soaps from Haute-Provence, France? Made exclusively for Au Lit Fine Linens, this vegetable-based Marseille-style liquid hand soap ($28) is the perfect stocking stuffer for anybody on your holiday gift list this year. This exclusive product is also available as a bar soap enriched with shea butter for that added touch of luxury ($12). Complete the look with a set of luxurious made-in-Canada linens by Au Lit, and you have an ideal gift for any host(ess)!

 

Candles by étuHome

  

Containing the finest essential oils created in Grasse, France - the perfume capital of the world - these luxury candles by Etu home are the perfect host(ess) gift. Artisanal, hand-poured and packaged in a gorgeous box for easy gifting, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer this holiday season.

 

For the home chef:

Glass decanters

  

Our selection of glass decanters will be a welcome addition to any wine or spirit enthusiast’s collection. Available in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, our decanters can be beautifully displayed on a bar cart, shelf or sideboard as a vessel for storing drinks or simply as a beautiful piece of art. 

 

Freeform Bowls

  

Perfect for displaying as is or for including fresh or faux fruits and greenery, our Freeform Bowls are a gorgeous work of art. Soft and organic in shape, these bowls - in two sizes - are a beautiful interpretation of the graceful, abstract forms found in nature. Made of smooth, matte graphite Portuguese ceramic, these bowls are a unique addition to any kitchen or dining area.

 

From now until December 23rd, our showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 5:30pm for all your holiday shopping needs. Private shopping appointments are also available by emailing daphne@onceatreefurniture.com. Visit us in store or get in touch today and let us help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year!



 

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Top 10 Picks for Our “Boxing Week in November” Luxury Furniture Sale

It’s the sale you’ve all been waiting for! This Friday, November 19th, our biggest sale of the year returns to the Once A Tree showroom. Affectionately referred to as our “Boxing Week in November” sale, this is a luxury furniture sale that you don’t want to miss. 

Deals include up to 70% off select in stock furniture (which arrives in your home in time for the holidays!), 20% off custom furniture orders (delivery times will vary), and 10% off our made-in-Canada STUDIO Collection

As we gear up for our best sale of the year, we’ve put together a guide for shopping our best sale of the season, featuring 10 of our “can’t miss” items included in this year’s sale. All the items featured below are available in limited quantities, so make sure you mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! Without further ado, keep reading for a sneak peek at some of the luxury furniture items you’ll want to add to your home this season.

10 luxury furniture pieces to update your living space

Francis Swivel Chair-Lee Industries     Francis Swivel Chair-close up

Francis Swivel Chair by Lee Industries

The Francis Swivel Chair by Lee Industries is a classic addition to any living space, home office or bedroom nook. Featuring a sturdy, timeless silhouette and a comfortable down back, this accent chair is a must have in any living space. 

Atmosphere Bed - Trica Furniture.    Form Nightstand - Trica Furniture

Atmosphere King Bed and Form Nightstands by Trica Furniture

Luxury meets modern when it comes to the Atmosphere King Bed by Trica. The solid wood birch finish in ‘fog’ is complemented by the warm, textured linen-look fabric and taupe metal leg accents, adding an immediate calming factor to any bedroom!

Pair this luxurious bed with Trica’s Form Nightstands as pictured, available in a variety of solid birch finishes (and also on sale!) and you have a complete bedroom set ready for immediate delivery so it arrives at your home before the holidays.

Relaxor Recliner - Lee Industries.    Relaxor Recliner close up

Relaxor Swivel Recliners by Lee Industries

Without a doubt, one of the best deals to be had in this year’s sale are the Relaxor Swivel Recliners by Lee Industries! Available in a neutral dark grey, resilient low pile velvet fabric and a sleek silhouette design, this luxury accent chair is the perfect addition to any living room. 

After a long day out and about, this quality recliner is the ideal way to kick back and relax in style.

Bayonne Bed - Bernhardt.    Bayonne Bed close up

Bayonne California King Bed by Bernhardt

Uplevel your bedroom with the Bayonne California King Bed by Bernhardt Furniture! This gorgeous, upholstered bed is a bargain for anyone looking to upgrade to a luxurious, California King-sized bed. Available in a subtle ivory colour, this bed features a detailed nailhead trim throughout, adding a touch of luxury to any bedroom.

Super Nova Swivel Chair-Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.    Super Nova Swivel Chair close up

Supernova Swivel Chair by MG+BW Home

There’s a reason why these Supernova Swivel Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are a bestseller! This mid-century inspired chair in a gorgeous creamy leather fabric commands the room from all angles. Sleek and low with a subtle, contrasting base, this modern accent chair is as stylish as it is comfortable - and not to mention, a complete steal if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it during our Boxing Week in November sale!

Versa Sectional - American Leather.    Versa Sectional close up

Versa Sectional by American Leather

Designed for extreme comfort and maximum versatility, it’s no secret the Versa Sectional is a favourite for many - including our Sales Manager, Les! The modular sectional can be flipped around to create several different configurations, making it the epitome of custom-made comfort for your next family movie night.

We have just one of these stylish sectionals available in a durable fabric made of a variety of materials, including viscose, polyester, linen and cotton. Whether it’s in a living room or a rec room, the Versa Sectional promises to deliver “livable luxury” and a customized seating solution for any living space.

Willet Nesting Tables-Vanguard Furniture.    Willet Nesting Tables-close up

Willet Nesting Tables by Vanguard

The Willet Nesting Tables are sure to make a statement in any room. Featuring a silver travertine top and a satin brass metal base, these luxury end tables are as stylish as they are durable. Perfect for displaying your favourite lamp or home decor accessories, these quality nesting tables will make a modern addition to your living room.

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Xavier Desk by MG+BW Home

Take your home office to the next level with the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A sleek glass top paired with stainless steel legs makes this modern desk a chic upgrade to any work from home set up. The compact, low profile design of this stylish desk makes it a functional addition to a home office that’s big or small.

Aaron Chair - American Leather.    Aaron Chair close up

Aaron Chair by American Leather

Inspired by modern Danish design, the Aaron Chair is a classic addition to any room. Featuring a gorgeous, textured charcoal fabric and natural Walnut legs, this mid-century style armchair also features a contoured seat structure for maximum comfort. Whether you put it in a home office, living room or even a bedroom - we guarantee this accent chair will quickly become a household favourite!

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Aiden Chair by MG+BW Home

From MG+BW Home’s Classics Collection, the Aiden Chair is truly a classic. Available in a deep pine green leather, this chair offers a streamlined silhouette and a generous seat depth. Featuring high-quality, Italian leather, this beautiful chair will only get better as it patinas with time. It is an ideal addition to any home office, living room or bedroom!

We hope you enjoyed this preview of our upcoming Boxing Week in November Sale. Our entire OAT team has been hard at work going through all of our favourite furniture items in store and pricing them ‘to sell’. The deals are amazing, and we’re confident all of you - our loyal customers - will be blown away once again by the thoughtfully curated, high-quality products we carry and most importantly, the savings.

Our sale starts this Friday, November 19th and runs until Saturday, November 27th. If you’ve had your eye on one of our timeless pieces, now is the time to purchase it. Shop our sale in person starting on November 19th at 750 SW Marine Drive. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5:30pm.


Don’t forget to follow us on social media for more updates on the sale as it happens!

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How To Style A Luxurious Bed: 3 Essential Tips

Photo Credit: Roger Mahler

We’re super excited to announce the latest addition to our showroom: Au Lit Fine Linens! Based in Toronto, this Canadian, family-owned & operated business is a natural fit for Once A Tree Furniture and we’re thrilled to be the only retailer in Western Canada to carry their gorgeous bedding. 

If you’re ready to dream big and create a more inspiring bedroom, keep reading. In this post, Joanna Goodman, Au Lit Fine Linens’ CEO, shares her best tips for how to style your own 5-Star bed at home. (P.S.. Read to the bottom to learn about our amazing bedroom giveaway!)

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into a sumptuous bed at the end of a long day. We spend about a third of our lives in bed, so why not make the experience as sumptuous and soul-nourishing as possible? We believe that a quality sleep enhances the quality of your life, which is why we create beds that are beautiful on the inside and outside, using the very best components - pure cotton sheets; the finest duvet covers; light, fluffy duvets; and soft, goose down pillows. 

My name is Joanna Goodman and I’m the owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, a family-owned business that my mother founded more than 40 years ago. Her mission then was to offer premium, Canadian and European-made linens in all natural fabrics, which is still our mission today. We like to say that we change the way people sleep, and we’ve been doing just that since 1981 (coincidentally, the same year Once A Tree Furniture was founded!)

Here are my top tips for designing your own beautiful bed, plus a few of my favourite picks for fall. 

Our 3-Step Guide for Styling the Ultimate Bed 

Begin by choosing a duvet cover you love 

First and foremost, start with the duvet cover. Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and your duvet cover is essentially the foundation of your bed. I like to treat it as a blank canvas, which is why I always recommend choosing a serene, neutral palette for the primary components. Good quality linens will last a very long time, so you want your investment pieces (the duvet cover and sheets) to withstand all the fleeting trends and “colours of the year.” 

No matter what décor fads come and go or how your own personal style evolves, a soft, neutral foundation - think whites, creams, pastels, natural linen, hues of grey - will stand the test of time. The same applies to choosing the bed frame – look for classic styles, such as the Maxime Wing Bed, which will never go out of style. Also, know your own taste and don’t be afraid to stand by it! If you’ve always loved traditional design and décor, stick with that when styling your bed. Just because modern style may be on trend today, your bedroom is your sanctuary. Let that be your guide.

Investing in a great quality duvet cover is like investing in the perfect little black dress. You can wear it season after season for years to come, swapping out layers and accessories over time to spruce it up, without having to buy a new outfit every season.

Neutral Duvet Cover on a bed

 

Consider a coverlet to add depth and texture to your bed

Now that you’ve chosen a duvet cover, you can start to build the rest of the design around it. At this stage, one of my top tips is invest in a coverlet. A coverlet – also known as a blanket cover or matelassé – is a single-layered blanket that can be folded at the foot of the bed or laid flat on top of the duvet cover. Adding a coverlet to your bed is often the missing piece that takes a bed from average to extraordinary. A coverlet adds a multi-dimensional layer that really enhances the overall look. It also provides multiple options for making up your bed, allowing for seasonal changes that refresh the look completely. One of my favourite ways to style the bed is to pull the coverlet right up and fold the duvet at the bottom for a more modern, “hotel-inspired” look.

A coverlet also serves a very practical purpose: in the cooler months, it can be used as an extra layer of warmth on top of the duvet; in the hotter summer months, use it on its own with a flat sheet as a lightweight blanket.

Washed Waffle Ecru Coverlet

 

Complete the Look with Statement-making Accent Pieces

If your duvet cover and coverlet are the “little black dress” of your bedroom, the decorative pillows and throws are the statement jewelry! Go crazy, be bold, and let your personality shine. These accents are the perfect place to incorporate colour, texture and boldness on your bed. We love swapping them in and out every season or experimenting with new trends in patterns and colours. This is the place to try a throw pillow in the Pantone Colour of the Year! And when that colour falls out of favour, you simply swap it out for something new and different without having to re-do your entire bed. Practically speaking, if you opt for a low-profile bed frame like the made-in-Canada Hemrik Bed, simply add two or three decorative “Euro” pillows (26” x 26”) across the back of your bed to add some height, as well as back support while reading or watching TV. Decorative accents are also perfect for tying in other colours of your bedroom, from the walls to the headboard to the carpeting.

Unique accent pieces allow you to completely revamp your decor every season without breaking the bank. In the spring, a breezy linen throw or a floral deco pillow is the perfect touch; when the temperature drops and it’s time to winterize your bed, just swap in a Tibetan fur cushion and deeper-hued throw blanket for a completely different look. 

This fall, it’s all about opulent textures – faux fur, cashmere, baby alpaca – and rich, bold autumnal colours like mustard, paprika, olive and chestnut. I’ve packed away my airy linen throw and pastel accent pillows with my summer clothing, and I’ve transformed my own all-white bed into a fall oasis with a deep olive throw at the foot and rich, patterned velvet pillows. It feels like a completely different bedroom, which will carry me through until spring. 

 

Fall style Olive color bedding

 

Bedding Giveaway: Enter for your chance to win a PRIZE DETAILS

On that note, we’re excited to announce our first ever Pop-Up Shop at Once A Tree Furniture, from October 4th until November 30th! Our bedding is now available exclusively for purchase at Once A Tree Furniture, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a complete set of Essential 3-Line Queen bedding valued at $1,100 CAD! To enter, simply:

  1. Head to Instagram and follow the instructions (hint: it includes following both @onceatreefurniture and @aulitfinelinens)
  2. Subscribe to OAT’s e-newsletter for a BONUS entry, found here!

We’ll be announcing the winner of this amazing giveaway on Monday, November 1st. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and find out if you’re the lucky winner! 

We truly believe your bedroom is your oasis, the place where you can decompress, relax and rejuvenate. From now until November 30th, we will be featuring the Au Lit Fine Linens Pop-Up Shop in our showroom showcase - the perfect partner to our collection of luxury beds and bedroom accessories. Visit us in store Monday to Saturday from 10-5:30 to check out Au Lit Fine Linens’ gorgeous bedding for yourselves, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and follow @onceatreefurniture and @aulitfinelinens on Instagram for your chance to win a complete set of Essential 3-Line Queen bedding valued at $1,100 CAD.

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5 Essentials for a Modern Farmhouse Renovation

Photo Credit: Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography

 We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Our local design community continues to inspire us and today, we’re excited to introduce Dorothy and Katie as this month’s guest bloggers - or “Team Bozek” - as they’re often affectionately called. Below, take a peek at their stunning modern farmhouse renovation. 

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Located in the coveted West Vancouver area, this modern home was built with a farmhouse ‘flavour’ in mind. The homeowners had the goal of creating a dual purpose space that felt like a home, but that also served as an ‘office space’ for visiting clients - and we couldn’t wait to dive in to help furnish it!

This unique home, dubbed ‘Kings Residence’ is a one-bedroom, 2,275 square foot home located in beautiful West Van. It’s a new build that combines farmhouse elements with a modern twist. For anyone embarking on a similar farmhouse design, here are our five essential steps to bring any modern farmhouse to life:

A Modern Farmhouse Design 

Keep your practical living needs front and centre 

Before diving into any home renovation, it’s important to imagine the ‘big picture’ and to keep your end goals in mind. In this case, this home needed to be a work AND living space, so this very practical need informed our whole styling process. The clients wanted the home to look and feel modern with some nostalgic farmhouse elements. To achieve this vision, we focused on drawing attention to the sculptural lines of the home while also highlighting the warmth and practicality of a farmhouse feel. By foregoing the traditional farmhouse aesthetic, we instead decorated with a layered and eclectic, yet clean-lined approach that is as functional as it is beautiful.

 

Combine natural textures with mixed metals

When it comes to finishes, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Our palette for furnishing this modern farmhouse was heavily inspired by a desire to echo the West Vancouver landscape into the architecture and within the interior of the home. Natural textures such as the Jack solid wood dining table, honed matte materials and muted earth tones seen in the made-in-Canada Emery Dining Chairs are accented with black extensively throughout the home to create contrast and interest.

Throughout this modern farmhouse interior, we utilized a mix of metals, patterns and colours to create a relaxed and playful, yet refined and updated feel.

 

Don’t neglect the outdoor space 

While the interior makeover may be top of mind, your outdoor living area should never be neglected when it comes to designing a home. This modern farmhome’s outdoor space presented a huge opportunity to create an extended, luxurious outdoor living space that could be enjoyed year-round.

We wanted to highlight the outdoor living space to make it feel like a true extension of the main living area - one that was also intimately connected to the interior space. The large sliding doors are a key part of making this happen; we utilized the unique ‘L’ shaped configuration of the modern farmhouse-style home to design a seating area that both feels a part of the courtyard, but also acts as an extension of the interior dining area.

 

Consider custom furniture to uplevel your space 

As mentioned, our clients work from home so it was important to create a dedicated ‘wing’ for their home-based business. Scale and proportion were driving considerations in the styling of this space, and to ensure we exceeded our clients’ expectations, we turned to Once A Tree Furniture for custom pieces to uplevel the office. By customizing the desks in the workspaces, we were able to incorporate both the clients’ vision and at the same time, create a beautiful workspace that would be practical, too. With plenty of storage in the Miller Sideboard, a custom made-in-Canada Madison Desk on one side and the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on the other, we achieved separate ‘his and hers’ workspaces that felt equal, yet different.

We also added in a luxurious Nash Sofa from American Leather and an equally comfortable lounge chair to create a practical - and stylish - spot to kick back in between clients, too. Without a doubt, the open multi-purpose study/lounge/guest area ended up being one of our favourite spaces in the home, and the custom furniture helped take this space to the next level! 

Collaborate with outside experts 

Renovating, designing and staging a home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Even with our years of experience in home styling and staging, we continue to learn something new every time we get the opportunity to collaborate with other talented partners in the design community on new projects. On this modern farmhouse design project, we’d like to give a shout out to the amazing partners that helped bring the clients’ dream home to life, including: Synthesis Design Inc., Kennedy Construction, Burritt Bros., CF Interiors, Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography (who captured these stunning photos!) and of course, Once A Tree Furniture.

If you’re considering a home renovation or re-design, don’t hesitate to reach out! Get started on your Custom Furniture Inquiry or get in touch with us so we can help you bring your home goals to life. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration and find Dorothy, Katie and the Urban Presentations team on Instagram at @vancouverupstaging 

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Looking Back at 40 Years of Evolution in Business, Home Decor and Interior Design

Photo Credit: Roger Mahler


This summer, we’re celebrating a major milestone here at Once a Tree: 40 incredible years in business! It really doesn’t seem that long ago that my parents, Ann and Sam Nielsen, opened the doors of our very first location on Fraser Street in 1981. Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to look back on four incredible decades of evolution. Here, I’m sharing my reflections, starting with this one: relationships are the heart of this business. 

Once A Tree Furniture truly wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you. Our dedicated partners, designers, customers and staff are the heart of our company. In fact, one of the best parts of my job is getting to work with some of the most creative and talented designers in the industry, like Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs, Amanada Evans of Amanda Evans Interiors and Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating

My staff - many of whom have been here for 15+ years - are an integral part of the vision and success of this business, and I’m humbled to be sharing this incredible milestone with them. Their dedication and passion for creating beautiful spaces is a true inspiration to me, and they are a large part of the reason that we’ve been able to have one of our most profitable years ever during the pandemic! 

Of course, I also have to thank our amazing, loyal clients - many of whom I count as friends. They are the reason we get to do what we do every single day. Each one of our clients is a central part of our business and our vision and without them, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today. To our valued clients and friends, my gratitude for your support - especially through this last year - simply can’t be overstated. 

Style is key in this business. In the last 40 years, we’ve seen many different furniture styles and trends come and go. We first opened our doors in July 1981 selling unfinished furniture and today, one of the hallmarks of Once A Tree is our focus on luxury, custom, Canadian-made furniture. Each decade has marked a change and evolution into the business as we know it today, but a few things have stayed the same along the way: our commitment to innovating our products to create unique, liveable spaces and more importantly, our pride in our people and our passion for building long-lasting relationships with our partners, customers, the design community and more. 

These last 40 years have flown by and I can’t wait to see what the next 40 years will bring. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite milestones over the last four decades:


1980s - The beginning of high quality, solid wood furniture

In July 1981, my parents opened our doors for the first time, selling unfinished furniture on Fraser Street.

From the beginning, our focus has always been on selling quality, solid wood furniture. One of our signature pieces from this time was the roll top desk, pictured above. We sold hundreds of these desks!


1990s: Custom furniture makes its debut

A big part of the 90s was our focus on selling quality, Amish furniture - imported all the way from Nappanee, Indiana! In 1993, Once A Tree was featured in our very first magazine article, furnishing a dining room (pictured above). From the fabric valance, to the fabric behind the glass doors, wallpaper along the ceiling and baseboard, and incredibly stylish (at the time!) spoon leg table and bowback chairs, this dining room is a true throwback! 

We also had the opportunity to furnish the PNE Prize Home in 1996 and worked with Sandra Cole on this fun and memorable project. By the end of this decade, we had started to shift away from Amish furniture and began to offer custom made furniture - something we take a lot of pride in to this day!


2000s: Working with new high-end furniture suppliers, including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

We moved away from unfinished furniture and started selling trendier pieces in the 2000s - including our Arts and Crafts tables and darker stained furniture.

In the mid-2000s, we also introduced Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to our showroom, a relationship we have truly valued over the years. Mitchell and Bob believed in us and trusted us to be their only distributor (to this day!) in Western Canada. Mitchell truly pushed me to be a better retailer and I’ll never forget the day he told me that I needed to put prices on my website. It was a great decision. Sales skyrocketed and we’ve never looked back!

2010s: Collaborating with top local designers on our Designer Showcase Series

In this decade, we started our Designer Showcase Series partnering with Vancouver’s most talented designers on a showcase series featuring their innovative and creative designs. 

Through the Showcase Series, we had the opportunity to work with and be inspired by fabulous designers like Gillian Segal, Stephanie Brown, Alexis McKay-Dunn and more, helping to bring their incredible visions to life. Of course, the best part of the Showcase Series was always the launch party!


Today: Canadian-made, premium quality custom furniture for any style and aesthetic

Today, one of our favourite offerings is our STUDIO Collection. We proudly offer custom, Canadian-made furniture, much of which is actually custom built right here in Vancouver. Being able to sell furniture that’s designed and built in Vancouver is so important to us because we get to offer the personalized touch we take so much pride in. 

Our goal is always to bring our clients’ visions to life, and custom furniture built locally allows us to take ‘custom’ to the next level by designing and customizing a piece of furniture that fits perfectly into a client’s space. Some of our most popular STUDIO Collection pieces are a favourite of many local designers, including our Linden 2 Dining Table seen in this dining area designed by Amanda Evans Interiors, our Lucca Dining Table featured in this stunning vacation home designed by Architerior Design and our custom Madison Desk in this stylish, yet functional home office designed by Synthesis Design.

From the bottom of my heart, whether you’re a customer, a partner, a designer or a team member, thank you for your support over the last 40 years! Come celebrate with us! I’d like to invite you to visit our showroom to shop our 40th Anniversary Sale! From June 17th-26th. Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep in touch.

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